FDA and USDA Issue Supplement to the 2017 Food Code

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pleased to issue this Supplement to the 2017 Food Code (hereafter referred to as Supplement). This Supplement updates the 2017 Food Code to address several recommendations made at the 2018 Meeting of the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) with which the FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) concur. The changes contained in this Supplement reflect current science and food safety practices to reduce the incidence of risk factors known to cause foodborne illness.

From 1993 through 2001, the complete Food Code was issued every two years. With the support of the CFP, FDA currently issues a new Food Code every 4 years. The next complete revision of the Food Code will be published in 2021. Until that time, this Supplement provides a means of incorporating into the Food Code several changes
with which there is substantial concurrence among the federal agencies and the other stakeholders. The Supplement ensures that the most current food safety provisions are available to agencies planning to initiate rule-making activities prior to 2021. This Supplement provides other users of the Food Code, such as educators, trainers, and the food service, retail food, and vending industries, with up-to-date information of how to best mitigate risk factors that contribute to foodborne illness.

The Supplement has been organized to facilitate the adoption of its provisions by federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal authorities. The Supplement is divided into 3 Parts:
Part 1 – Summary of Changes – a “quick view” of the modifications
Part 2 – Amendments, Additions, Deletions to the Preface, Chapters 1-8 and the Annexes – actual language modifications
Part 3 – New Terms added to the Index to the Food Code

For consistency, drafting conventions used in the Federal Register for announcing proposed changes to federal rules are used to announce changes found in the Supplement to the 2017 Food Code. The standard terms used to describe a change are:
Amend. “Amend” means that an existing Food Code provision has changed. Because it is an introductory term, it is always used with one of the following specific amendatory terms to precisely describe the change to the Food Code provision.